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"It went very well. They did the work on the scheduled date. They performed the work as requested and there were no
costs or surprises. The" concrete porch was sloping and the walkway was uneven. They corrected these problems. Incidentally, we had just bought and installed a new double front door. The person in charge of the mud jacking work pointed out that our new door was warped on one side. He said that would cause a draft and security issues. We were able to get this fixed. We would not have noticed this. The price was reasonable. We are pleased with the results for both the porch and the walkway.

-Diane E.

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"I talked to
of A1 Concrete Leveling at this years Home and Garden show (March 2014) in downtown St.
. He explained" the process to fix a sinking driveway, sidewalk and porch. He provided his business card and said if I was interested please give him a call and he would come out for an estimate. I called
and he came out and provided an estimate and again explained how the process worked. I selected A1 Concrete Leveling to fix my issues with driveway, sidewalk, and porch. Work was rescheduled twice because of rain. On the third try with no rain indicated for morning the A1 Concrete Leveling technician promptly arrived at stated time and walked me through the entire process. Once I was satisfied with process and had no additional questions the technician began by drilling holes in the porch, sidewalk, and driveway. While he was drilling another technician arrived and began to get the mud jacking material mixed and ready to pump under the three locations (porch, sidewalk, and driveway). At this point I left for an appointment. When I arrived home the process was completed (approximately four (4) hours). The technician walked me around the locations and and explained again what they did and any issues he had and resolved. He explained warranty. Both technicians finished cleaning up yard and street and brought me invoice. I wrote them a check. Very professional and personable technicians. I would highly recommend them.

-Mark F.

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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

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Mudjacking reviews in Saint Louis

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We recently moved into a home with an exposed aggregate walkway leading up to our front porch. The porch is made of the same material. Over the years, a large curved section of the walkway (approximately 8 ft. long) had settled and shifted away from its original position. The previous owners had tried to install a patch of concrete to fill in the voids created by the movement---creating further trip hazards. Removing and replacing the walkway would have been costly and would not have matched the existing exposed aggregate material used for the porch. While looking up information regarding concrete flatwork services, I ran across some companies specializing in mud jacking. We asked
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of
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& Son Contracting to take a look a the project and determine if mud jacking would solve our issues.
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explained the process very thoroughly. He also was very upfront about what limitations the process could have because of the steep grade that the walkway sits on. After signing the proposal, he said it would be 3 to 4 weeks before the work could be completed. After a week, he called back and said they had an opening and would like to do the work earlier than expected--a very pleasant surprise. They (
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and another laborer) were on site at 7:00am and wrapping up their work by Noon. When the work was completed, they were able to raise this section of walkway approximately 4 to 5 inches back to its original position. They we also able to shift the walkway 2 to 3 inches uphill eliminating the need for any of the concrete fill patches. The results of the project exceeded our expectations. It looks as if we have a brand new walkway.
- Sean S.
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was phenomenal, from price to professionalism to the finished product. They carefully placed expansion joints along existing cracks in the concrete to make everything look neat as well as improve things structurally. The men were on time, friendly, trustworthy, professional, and cleaned up everything carefully. Best money I ever spent fixing my house.
- Lynda M.
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Total time for repairs: 5 days.
Employee Work Ethic: Professional
Employee Values: Integrity and Dutiful

Advantages for using this Company: Caters to Military and professional work ethic.
Concerns: Concrete repair of the foundation did not set well in some areas and is cracking at hollow spots, I did let Mr. Boziki know about this issue the last day they was here because the cracks and hollow points were noticeable before the repairs were completed on the outside of the home which allowed the interior repairs of the basement to set a day or two. Mr. Boziki did say he would return after business from recent storms slowed down and repair those spots that were hollow and cracking bc of the concrete not setting. No areas have cracked due to water damage or leaking and the basement has not leaked at all along the walls.
Second Concern: The drains placed at the doors in the basement are not as wide as the door frame so water that comes under the doors goes around these drains and into the basement, I also mentioned this to Mr. Boziki.
I completely trust Mr. Boziki will hold up to his word and fix these issues as soon as time permits, I would recommend this company to any fellow military man or friend.
- joshwa G.
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Excellent.
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came out himself to bid - which was much less than multiple other quotes I had received - and was on the job the next morning. My house and porch look MUCH better than they did beforehand, very high quality craftmanship, and the workers (
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was there himself too) were very polite.. I look forward to using
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for future projects.
- Michael R.
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Job was completed quickly and the finished product looks nice. Two things were not originally completed to our satisfaction but they came back out the next day and fixed them. I would recommend
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fully.
- Scott T.
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's team is excellent in many ways ,do they have an occasional issue .of course. But there quality of workman ship in residential construction is unmatched in the ST
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area. they are an organization that does not quit until their customer is completely satisfied . Finally i would say that they have a broad expertise in multiple areas and if you are looking for an organization to trust your home with for nearly any type of work this is who should try first.
- Madeline Y.
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They arrived at the agreed upon time with 3 workers and immediately drilled holes to inject the leveling mix, but seemed in a hurry to get somewhere else. After that 1 worker was left to do the job. He was unable to raise certain areas of the floor and it is now angled to where water drains toward the house side of the garage instead of out the door end. Neither the owner nor any supervisor ever came by to check on the job. A hose came out of one of the holes while pumping and sprayed mixture all over the walls and tools, etc. hanging on the walls. I was told to "just take a broom and brush it off". Took me 2 days to clean up the mess.
- DONALD J.
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My experience with them was fine. He had to come back a second time to redo something, which he did. It wasn’t 100% satisfactory, but he claimed he couldn’t do anything more, so I just let it go. I would probably talk to them but I will not directly go with them in the future.
- FELICIA G.

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A 1 Concrete Leveling

167 Lamp & Lantern Village
Chesterfield

A&E Concrete Inc.

114 Burma Rd

Acculift Foundation Repair

9 Mingo Ln
O Fallon

ACCULIFT MUDJACKING CO

9 MINGO LN
Lake Saint Louis

ALLIANCE CONTRACTING SOLUTIONS

7701 State Route 158

Arch City Property Services

2700 S. Jefferson #58633
Saint Louis

ARCHWAY FOUNDATION REPAIR

1351 SUMMIT DR
Fenton

Atlas Foundation Solutions, LLC

2451 North Lark Drive
Fenton

B Green Plumbing and MEchanical

1138 S Sixth St
Saint Charles

Barker & Son Construction

1147 Richland Meadows Dr.
Ballwin

Best Choice Contracting llc

505 Wallach Dr.
Eureka

BETTER GUYS E & I

2007 NOVEM DR
Fenton

Bozikis Home Repair

4430 Morganford Rd
Saint Louis

Bright Mann Contracting Inc

2579 Rock Hill Industrial Ct
St Louis

BTK Concrete Construction, LLC

1105 Airglades Dr
Arnold

BUDGET WATERPROOFING

13515 Coliseum Dr Ste A
Chesterfield

Cal Jones & Son Contracting

7728 S Rock Hill Rd
Saint Louis

Conco Pro

845 Forest Ave.
Valley Park

Crain General Contracting LLC

565 Heather Ridge Manor Ct
Wentzville

CSL

3026 west main

D & B Concrete

993 Gravois Rd
Fenton

D FLYNN PLUMBING

3654 Summit Dr
Saint Charles

Dannegger Brothers Contracting Inc

2385 Verna Ave
Maryland Heights

Earl Banze Construction

1336 Jungs Station Rd.
Saint Peters

Epoxy Stone Inc

9475 Dielman Rock Island Industrial Dr
Saint Louis

Exactly Cleaning & Contracting

2745 Westphalia Ct.
Saint Louis

Fasteel Inc

1154 Reco Ave
Saint Louis

Foundation Recovery Systems

224 Sparks Ave
Moberly

FREEMAN CONTRACTING CO INC

8499 LACKLAND RD
Saint Louis

Gateway Construction Solutions

1033 Corporate Square Drive
St. Louis

Get it Done

7045 Lena Ave
Saint Louis

Green World Solutions

7 Count Fleet Circle
Florissant

HandyMan Express

1230 Enderbury Drive
Saint Louis

Handymanage

6643 Sutherland
St. Louis

HAYNES WATERPROOFING

1724 Clarkson Rd
Chesterfield

HOLLAND HOUSE BUILDERS INC

5176 BLASE STATION RD
Saint Charles

Innovating Renovation

2755 East b st rd

InvoGreen Lawn Care and Outdoor Services

7144 Manchester Rd
Maplewood

Irish Construction

6115 Pershing Ave
Saint Louis

KCrete Custom Concrete

7339 Arlington Dr
Saint Louis

Kleeschulte Inc

266 Indacom Dr
Saint Peters

KLEIN DEVELOPMENTS

209 Lindburg Rd.
Cuba

Klopstein Concrete

442 High Meadow Ct
Foley

Knolan

5816 Briarwood Terrace Ct
Saint Louis

Kopp Concrete Contractors Inc.

9520 Antigo Dr
Saint Louis

Lafayette Construction

3000 S. Jefferson
Saint Louis

Lift Rite Inc

3283 Highway P
Wentzville

Lights and Lots

1866 Summitview Dr
Saint Charles

Marblelife

116 May Rd - Unit D
Wentzville

McGlynn Pros

128 Enchanted Pkwy
Manchester

McGlynn Pros

167 Lamp & Lantern Village
Chesterfield

Mid America Piering Inc

4550 Woodson Rd
Saint Louis

Midwest Constructors

1253 West Terra Ln
O Fallon

MIDWEST REPAIR

401 WOODRUN DR
Ballwin

MIKE'S ROOFING

8846 BURTON AVE
Saint Louis

MISSOURI FURNACE & AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY

1835 Scherer Pkwy
Saint Charles

Mosby Building Arts Ltd

645 Leffingwell Avenue
Saint Louis

National Construction Rentals

7301 Hall St
Saint Louis

Nick Gress Foundations

12 Shadow Wood Court
Saint Charles

PC HOMES & IMPROVEMENTS

18825 MELROSE RD
Glencoe

Perma-Jack of St Louis

1127 Country Stone Dr
Valley Park

Pier Magic Stl

111 Rock Cliff Ct D
Saint Louis

PJD Concrete

1197 karon dr
St Charles

Prestige Contracting Inc

1751 Fountainbleu

QUALITY WATERPROOFING

105 PACIFIC WEST DR.
St. Louis

R & R Concrete and Excavating, LLC.

493 Highway J
New Florence

Ram Jack of St. Louis

515 Jungs Station Rd
St. Charles

Rebello Construction LLC

840A Pennsylvania Avenue.
St. Louis

RingCo Construction L.L.C.

5224 Autumnwinds Dr
Saint Louis

RJ'S MUDJACKING

322 Burning Brook Dr
O Fallon

RJF Construction Inc

7100 Valley Dr
Barnhart

Rogers Construction

5949 Strathaven
House Springs

S & P Lawn Care

1143 Wilson Ave
Saint Louis

ST LOUIS STABILIZING DBA PERMA JACK OF ST LOUIS

1127 Country Stone Dr
Valley Park

TH Construction

1744 Grafton Drive
St. Louis

Toplevel Foundation Services

1220 Horine Rd
Festus

Verocity Contracting Company, LLC

204 Kohrs Drive
Wentzville

VMG Enterprise

11766 Lusher Rd
Saint Louis

Womack Construction

3749 Rue St
Saint Charles

Zykan Exteriors STL

4652 Seeburger Rd
Saint Charles

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